Photo: Supervisor John Avalos

It may be easier to list all the people not running for mayor of San Francisco than everyone who is. Let’s see…current Mayor Ed Lee, Carrot Top…uh…help me out here…

The latest hat-in-the-ring belongs to Supervisor John Avalos. Fog City Journal has a report and the confirmation-text text:

“True. 4 pm today, my wife and I will go to the DoE (Department of Elections) to pull papers,” Avalos, a progressive, wrote via text this morning.'”

The entry of Avalos, a member of the progressive bloc of supes, may if nothing else short-circuit a run by Chris Daly, who said in February he might feel compelled to enter the race if fellow progs like Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos, Aaron Peskin, or Avalos stayed out.

Here’s a list of official candidates so far. I leave anyone out?

SF Supervisor John Avalos Running for Mayor 18 April,2011Jon Brooks

  • Ranked Choice Voting is preparing to deliver to San Francisco a Mayor that a majority of voters did not select, and did not want. There are now 32 candidates who have pulled papers to run for Mayor!

    San Francisco’s Mayor will be elected with a plurality of support, rather than a majority, just like Malia Cohen who won with 4,321 votes from 18,308 voters or 24% support!

    This video explains what happens in SF’s RCV races:

    A Majority Matters. Bring back the majority support requirement.

  • Chris Culhane

    Technically, Ranked Choice Voting system improves the likelihood that the winner has the support of a majority of voters and not just a plurality of the voters.

    The front runner in the first round of the election which Malia ultimately won only had 2072 votes.

    Perhaps more important, RCV increases voter turnout which is a greater factor in ensuring better winning candidate representation than the choice of voting system.

    Having 32 candidates is awesome!


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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